Latin American Theater: Divorciadas, evangélicas y vegetarianas at GALA Hispanic Theatre
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest, is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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A smash hit of GALA’s 2003 season, this production recognizes the ongoing relationship between GALA and Gustavo Ott, one of the most highly regarded Latin American playwrights of today. GALA’s production is directed by Abel López.
In this hilarious comedy, three women on the verge of existential crises struggle with their inner demons but ultimately find comfort and salvation in each other. The touching and revealing stories of a divorcée on the brink of suicide, a high-octane faux vegetarian diva jilted by her married lover and an evangelist struggling with her repressed passions are punctuated with riotous humor. The play’s fast-paced action and heartfelt reflections will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions.
About Gustavo Ott**
Gustavo Ott was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has written more than 25 plays that have been produced in Venezuela, Spain, Italy, Peru, England, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Denmark, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, the United States and Puerto Rico. He participated in the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa, the Residence Internationale Aux Recoliets in Paris, Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris Residency, the New York Now Program at the Public Theater in New York and the Playwriting Program of La Mousson D’Ete in France and La Mousson a Paris at the Comedie Française. Mr. Ott is also the recipient of several playwriting awards and he received a nomination for the 2009 Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical of the Helen Hayes Awards for Momia en el closet: The Return of Eva Perón, which was commissioned by GALA.
About The Production**
Featured in the cast are Menchu Esteban as Gloria, Gabriela Fernández-Coffey as Meche, and Monalisa Arias as Beatriz. Ms. Esteban has appeared in several GALA productions, including Tu ternura Molotov, As coisas da samba and La verdad sospechosa, for which she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Ms. Fernández-Coffey appeared at GALA in Valor, agravio, y mujer, Cita a ciegas, and in __Gruesome Playground Injuries __at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She received a 2008 Helen Hayes Award nomination as Outstanding Lead Actress for her performance in __References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot __at Rorschach Theatre. Ms. Arias appeared earlier this season at GALA in __El caballero de Olmedo __and was a member of the cast of __The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui __at Catalyst Theatre, which received the 2007 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident or Musical.
Abel López (Director) is GALA’s Associate Producing Director. He has helmed over 70 productions, including Beauty of the Father, El Canuto del Rock, La edad de la ciruela, Agustín Lara: Boleros & Blues; Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue, Los pecados de Sor Juana; Real Women Have Curves; Mexico: Noches bohemias; and __El beso de la mujer araña __at GALA. Other plays by Gustavo Ott that he has directed include Tu ternura Molotov; __Nunca dije que era una niña buena, __and Pavlov: dos segundos antes del crimen. His productions have appeared at the In Series, Kennedy Center, Public Theater in New York, the Arizona Theatre Company, Jomandi Productions in Atlanta, and Costa Rica, Venezuela, Cuba and El Salvador. He is a past President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Theater Communications Group (TCG), Performing Arts Alliance and the Helen Hayes Awards.
Set design is by Daniel Pinha, who recently designed sets for __Glimpses of the Moon __at MetroStage. Lighting design is by Jason Cowperthwaite, who designed __El Canuto del Rock __and __Beauty of the Father __at GALA, and costumes are by Lynly Saunders, who recently designed costumes for __Voices Underwater __with Rorschach Theatre. Sound Design is by Brendon Vierra, who designed sound for Beauty of the Father. Properties are by Sofia Gawer-Fische, who designed properties for __El retablillo de Don Cristóbal __last season. Iván Cano is Stage Manager, Andrés Holder is Production Manager, and Andrés Luque is Technical Director. Hugo Medrano is Producer.